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Introduction to Sociology II—Social Movements (Revision 4)
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Area of Study: Social Science
Prerequisite: None. SOCI 287 is recommended.
SOCI 288 is not available for challenge.
SOCI 288 is designed to introduce students to the study of social movements. Beginning with a theoretical introduction to social movements in Unit 1, we move on to discuss issues that underlie social movements in Western nations and throughout the world.
The course author states
I have four major objectives in presenting this course:
- to provide an overview of theoretical, methodological and substantive issues surrounding the investigation of social movements.
- to examine common themes and issues in social movement research, with a focus on ideology and propaganda.
- to introduce you to the Internet as tool of democratic change.
- to continue the process, initiated in Sociology 287, of teaching you to think like a critical sociologist.
SOCI 288 and its companion course, SOCI 287, provide a full-year introduction to the study of sociology at the university level.
SOCI 288 comprises the following six units.
Unit 1: Introduction to Social Movements
Unit 2: The End of Homework
Unit 3: The Media and Ideology
Unit 4: Competition
Unit 5: Global Issues
Unit 6: Antiwar Movements, Internet Analysis and Final Paper
To receive credit for SOCI 288, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least a “D” (50 percent). You must also achieve a minimum grade of 50 per cent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
|Forum participation||Research essay||Final examination||Total|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Hathaway, W. (2010). Radical peace: People refusing war. Waterville, OR: Trine Day LLC.
Kohn, A. (1992). No contest: The case against competition (rev. ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Kralovec, E. & Buell, J. (2000). The end of homework: How homework disrupts families, overburdens children, and limits learning. Boston: Beacon Press.
Miller, D, & Dinan, W. (2008). A century of spin: How public relations became the cutting edge of corporate power. London: Pluto Press.
Shiva, V. (2000). Stolen harvest: The hijacking of the global food supply. Cambridge, MA: South End Press.
Staggenborg, S. 2nd. ed., (2011). Social movements. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press Canada.
SOCI 288 presents an online Study Guide and makes extensive use of a Digital Reading Room.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 4, April 20, 2011
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Updated September 09 2013